January 26, 2016

Hot in Cleveland

These photos are from Thanksgiving in Cleveland with my BFs family! Even though it was a pretty warm Thanksgiving, it's still the only time I've been able to wear winter clothes this entire season because Christmas was even warmer. My BF and I drove into Cleveland on Thanksgiving day to show me around and everything (literally everything) was closed - it is NOT like that in south florida, haha. We stopped by a pier area to take some pics (sort of near the rock and roll hall of fame). My favorite thing we did in Cleveland (besides Thanksgiving dinner of course) was to go to this awesome indoor/outdoor market in the downtown area. We bought perogies and crepes and it was delicious. Anyone visited/lived in Cleveland ?? Going to be going back for Christmas next year so could use some suggestions on things that I must do. 
Scarf: Gift
Blouse: Loft (similar)
Sweater: Ann Taylor (similar)
Jeans: Paige
Boots: Ann Taylor (similar)
Earrings: Givenchy
Bracelets: David Yurman (same, similar)
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (same but diff color)

January 20, 2016

Sumissura Suit Review!

I have been so excited to create and publish this post! A few months ago, I was contacted to review a suit by Sumissura. Sumissura is an online clothing company which creates custom clothing made to fit your body based on comprehensive measurements of several areas of your body. Due to the holidays, I was unable to pick up my suit from the tailor for several weeks, so here we are now! Read on to learn more about the customization process and my opinions. 
Right now, there are options on the site to choose between a pant or skirt suit, blouses, pants, skirts, jackets, and coats. I chose a skirt suit because I have found I've had less "fit issues" with skirts than with pants. The next step is to choose your jacket and skirt style, followed by the fabric and other customizations, including buttons and lining. (I think they could add more options for the skirts and pants to fit more body types and styles.) They have a TON of fabric options - I spent the most time deciding on my fabric. For reference, I chose the "Bend" color.
After you have the suit picked out the way you like it, it's time to measure your body. Sumissura recommends you have a friend help you, or you could go to a tailor and ask them to measure you. After you have your measurements, you enter them into the website. Based on your height and weight, Sumissura will point out if a measurement seems out of place and will ask you to double check the measurement. You're done after that! Everything is hand made, so it can take a few weeks to create the garment and get it shipped to you. I think it took about 20 days for my suit to come in.
The company promises the garment will fit or they will re-make it. I believe that the word re-make is a bit of a misnomer, because my experience (and other reviews) have said that the company will reimburse for tailoring costs, which is not the same as re-making the garment. My suit came a bit large in a few areas, so I took it to my local tailor to get it taken in. Specifically, I got the arms slimmed, the waist nipped in, and the skirt hips taken in and slimmed into a more pencil shape. 
In terms of the suit quality - there are parts of the suit that make it feel downright luxurious, like the lining I chose below, and the gold buttons I added as an extra. I have noticed that some of the strings on the buttons do not feel totally secure, but that is a quick and inexpensive at-home fix. The suit fabric is probably the most important thing to make a suit feel expensive, and I think the fabric I chose is very good, but not the best. I would say it is on par with an Ann Taylor or Banana Republic suit, but does not feel as nice as my Theory suit fabrics, for example. For the price, however, (which starts at $228 for an entire suit!) it beats out mass retailers like AT and BR.  After a full day at work and driving 2+ hours in the car to a depo, the suit fabric had minimal wrinkling (as evidenced in the pictures). 
If suits aren't your thing, you can order a suit and choose different fabrics for the jacket and skirt, thus creating 2 work separates. They also have other separates available for custom order, such as shirts, pants, skits, jackets, and coats. Overall, I am very pleased not only with the suit, but Sumissura's customer service. Ordering anything online can be a little nerve wracking. But, knowing that it will fit, no matter what, is such an assurance. 
Suit: c/o Sumissura
Blouse: H&M (similar)
Heels: Vince Camuto (similar)
Bag: Brahmin (similar)
Sunglasses: c/o Firmoo
Necklace: Nordstrom Rack (similar)

January 18, 2016

Pretty Small Shoes Review & Outfit

I was contacted by Pretty Small Shoes, a London-based footwear company which specializes in creating hand-made footwear for women with smaller shoe sizes. Although I sometimes wear petite sized clothing, my feet are pretty average sized. The company assured me, however, that since all their shoes are handmade, they could make a pair in my size. I jumped at the opportunity to try out a pair of their shoes after seeing the plethora of beautiful options available on their site. I had a really hard time choosing between the Bleen (below), the Lemur, and the Perryline
The shoes are well-made - I believe the sole and inside are all leather. The shoe measurements were also exactly accurate. I was worried that the shoes would be too small or big, but the shoes came out perfectly. Specifically regarding this shoe style, I'm glad I went with the green color - it's so elegant in person. I think you get what you pay for in terms of price and style for this shoe. 
So far, I've worn the shoes to work but they would also look great with jeans. Here is my work outfit below. 
Shoes: c/o Pretty Small Shoes
Blazer: Zara (similar)
Blouse: Ann Taylor (similar)
Pants: Ann Taylor (similar)
Bag: Brahmin (similar)
Rings: Etsy & Macy's (similar)
Polish: Ciate South Beach set
Sunglasses: similar
Necklaces: Forever 21 (similar)